WOODHOUSE COLLIERY IN THE NEWS. BLM'S COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TEAM SHARES ITS VIEWS.

With the government refusing to intervene in a local authority's decision to grant planning permission for the building of a new deep coalmine at Woodhouse Colliery Cumbria, despite concerns from environmental groups, in an article exploring arguments on both sides, Pamela Chesterman, senior associate solicitor in BLM's Commercial Property team raised potential issues within the planning system itself.

Commenting on the need for councils to have experienced team members to assess the environmental elements of a scheme and its other impacts, Pamela suggests a loss of resources within local authorities is impacting decision-making:

“You’ve seen a lot of the more experienced staff in local authorities leave, either through voluntary redundancies or when they’re put under pressure to reduce costs.”

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